Sweet Water thumps Choctaw County

SWEET WATER – Sweet Water High School made quick work of a depleted Choctaw County Tiger squad at Nolan Atkins Field Friday night, winning 34-14 and setting the stage for a Class 2A, Region 1 championship contest at Mobile Christian next Friday night.

Sweet Water’s Jarvis Lewis is forced out of bounds by two Choctaw County defenders.

Choctaw County, which brought a skeleton squad to Sweet Water as a result of numerous suspensions following a game-ending brawl last Friday, saw the home-standing Bulldogs roll up a 34-0 first half lead. In fact, the Bulldogs scored on their first two offensive plays.

After a four-yard Choctaw County punt gave Sweet Water its first possession at the Tiger 22, Jakoby Aldridge swept left for the touchdown less than two minutes into the contest. The extra point attempt hit the left upright.

Moments later, Jarvis Lewis stretched Sweet Water’s lead when he scampered untouched 52 yards for the score on the Bulldogs’ second offensive play. Taylor Wilson added the PAT to put Sweet Water up 13-0.

After Choctaw’s next possession ended on a busted fourth-and-one play, Sweet Water again struck quickly. After a 20-yard completion from quarterback Brett Davis to Caderius Ward moved the ball to the CCHS 22, Sweet Water’s Deion Watters scored two plays later on a 12-yard run. Wilson’s kick stretched the Bulldog lead to 20-0 at the end of one quarter.

Sweet Water added a Jarvis Lewis 26-yard touchdown run and an 11-yard Watters carry to increase the lead to 34-0 before Choctaw County surprised the ‘Dawgs with a 42-yard Jevonte Jackson touchdown run on the final play of the first half. Jackson added the two-point conversion to make the halftime score 34-8.

With Sweet Water giving its backups plenty of playing time in the second half, neither team was able to score until Jackson raced 73 yards for Choctaw County with 2:24 to play. The try for two failed, leaving top-ranked Sweet Water with a 34-14 Homecoming victory.

Sweet Water’s Brett Davis (7) passes to Caderius Ward (1).

“We wanted to get our (first team) people out of the game,” Sweet Water head coach Stacy Luker said of the unique situation entering the contest. “It didn’t seem like we got much better in the second half, but we wanted to take our starters out. We really weren’t worried about the score.”

Luker added that the focus now turns to Mobile Christian, who suffered a loss to Washington County Friday night but could force a three-way tie atop Class 2A, Region 1 with a win over Sweet Water next week. “It will be a big game,” he said of Friday night’s looming contest at Mobile Christian. “We’ve got a couple of people banged up that we need to get ready for Friday. Mobile Christian has a great football team. They wouldn’t be undefeated this far into the season if they weren’t.

“It will be a war next Friday,” Luker added.

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